Number of sake breweries in Japan today


Average alcohol by volume in sake


Rice varieties represented in Vine Connection's sake


Number of premium sakes imported by Vine Connections

About Japanese Sake


  • Sake is brewed like beer. It is not much stronger than one, and it is far less alcoholic than distilled spirits.
  • Premium Japanese sake brewers are family craftsmen. All their sakes are made by hand with little, if any, automation.


  • Premium sake should be served chilled, never boiling hot. Overheating premium sake destroys its aromatics and flavor.
  • Some serve sake in traditional masu (wooden box cup) or ochoko (small ceramic cups), but no special glassware is needed. A wine glass is recommended to get the full aromatics.


  • Once opened, sake will remain fresh for up to one week.
  • Unopened, it will be most fresh when consumed within the year of purchase.